Family Camp 2020

Hosted at and in partnership with Camp Danbee in Hinsdale, MA

Back to the Simple Life

After months spent inside during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the best medicine may just be a trip up to the Berkshires to enjoy a week with your family in the great outdoors at camp.

Mah-Kee-Nac & Danbee will be offering Family Camp this summer, hosted at Camp Danbee as a way to help families slowly and comfortably emerge from their homes and reenter society, all while enjoying the comfort and peace of the outdoors.  Spend your days on the shores of the Lake Ashmere boating, fishing and swimming, waterskiing, playing tennis together as a family, shooting hoops, participating in arts and crafts, sitting by the campfire, working in the garden, enjoying good old fashioned, delicious camp meals in the dining hall, and so much more.

For those of you who grew up at camp, or experienced a few weeks away each summer, think back to the simple pleasures: summer camp movies, capture the flag, s’mores by the campfire..think along those lines…back to the simple life.  More details below on Family Camp specific information including COVID-19 procedures while at camp.

Dates and Fees

We are tentatively offering the following Family Camp sessions, subject to availability and interest:

  • Wed, July 15- Sun, July 19 – Closed
  • Wed, July 22– Sun, July 26
  • Wed, July 29 – Sun, August 2
  • Wed, August 5 – Sun, August 9
  • Wed, August 12- Sun, August 16
$3000 Cabin Rental for 4 Guests

+ $350 for any additional person per cabin

Activities Available

  • Canoeing, kayaking, standup paddleboard, sailing
  • Tubing & Waterskiing
  • Fishing
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Baseball/Quickball
  • Soccer/Futsal
  • Swimming pool
  • Nature & Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Giant Swing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Tie Dye (bring some items to dye)
  • Nighttime campfires
  • Evening activities

Cabin and Camp Life

Cabin Living

Each family will be assigned their own cabin for family camp.

  • Danbee cabins are spacious and provide ample living space for families.
  • Each Danbee bunk includes private stall showers and bathrooms.
  • Each cabin will be stocked with enough toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towels to last for a full Family Camp stay so that cleaning staff is not in and out during the stay
  • Bunks will be provided with the necessary cleaning supplies to keep family cabins clean and sanitary.
Dining Hall and Food Service

Three delicious “campy” meals a day will be served, along with two snacks per day.

  • Weather permitting, windows will remain open in the dining hall
  • Likewise, we will take advantage of outdoor (porch) seating and tent seating area whenever possible
  • Everyone will be required to wash their hands before entering the dining hall and additional hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building
  • Each family household will have a designated table to use for all meals.  Tables will be at least 6 feet between tables from other households
  • Meals will be served cafeteria-style or boxed to go depending on the meal.
  • Special diet and alternative food will be available from kitchen staff members wearing appropriate PPE and practicing safe serving methods
  • Our mess hall will be cleaned and disinfected by staff after each use
  • Families are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to keep in their cabins for snacks throughout the day. We recommend storing food items in a closed lid bin or a sealed cooler.
  • Camp Danbee does not serve any meals that contain nuts.  If you plan on bringing food to camp please be mindful that there may be a child, parent or staff member that has a severe allergy to nuts.

COVID Policies and Procedures

Group Interaction

Families and/or those sharing a cabin will operate as a household.

  • Households will function as your “family” for the duration of the camp session.
  • No additional guests and/or visitors are permitted on the campgrounds at any time.
  • Households will eat together in or outside of the dining hall and live in separate cabins near one another on campus.
  • Households will participate in activities together.
  • When anyone is interacting outside of their household, they will practice physical distancing, proper hygiene protocols, and will be urged to wear a mask.
  • Our staff team will constitute a separate household and practice physical distancing and mask-wearing around camp.
Healthcare and Screening
  • Camp will have at least one Registered Nurse and other medical professionals on staff for the duration of the camp sessions
  • Upon arrival, all staff and campers will go through an initial health screening process, including specific questions about COVID symptoms and potential exposures.
  • Equipment will be supplied to each cabin for basic first aid and care (e.g. bumps and bruises)
  • The camp health care staff is available for greater needs and for anything that could be considered an illness (cough, upset stomach, headache, runny nose, etc)

In the event a camper displays a presumptive case of COVID-19 while at camp, camp will coordinate with the Massachusetts Department of Health to handle the situation safely and in ways that will avoid further exposure.

  1. Ill campers will be isolated (e.g. in their cabin or other designated isolation building) until arrangements can be made for their safe departure from camp;
  2. Camp will follow Department of Health direction on contract tracing protocols;

Families must notify the camp if they learn of prior exposure to a COVID case after they come to camp. In that case, isolation procedures will be followed as described above.

Cleaning and Sanitization Practices

Hand washing and/or sanitizing stations will be provided at multiple places throughout camp, including the dining facilities. Campers and staff will engage in proper hygiene to prevent the spread of communicable diseases including:

  • Frequent hand washing, including upon entry to buildings and program areas
  • Avoiding close contact
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Discouraging the sharing of food, utensils and other personal supplies including toothbrushes etc.

Camp will follow facilities cleaning procedures that follow CDC recommendations for infection protocols, including:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning bunks, restrooms, dining areas, program facilities & equipment, high touch areas, etc.
  • Fans will be provided for each cabin to promote airflow
  • Each cabin will be stocked with enough toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towels to last for a full Family Camp session so that cleaning staff is not in and out during campers’ stay

In general, we are asking families to pack as much of their own equipment as possible.  Please see our recommended packing list for more details.

  • Equipment that must be shared around camp will be properly cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment.


We want to be at Family Camp when our campers' friends are there. Can we do that?

Certainly!  We recommend that you connect with your camper’s camp friends and choose the week that works best for each of your families.  Space will be limited so we suggest you plan quickly and with a few possible options.

Can we bring our pets?

Sorry, as much as we love all animals, all pets need to stay at home. We can provide local boarding options upon request.

Do we bring our own linens and towels?

Yes, all campers should provide their own linens and towels for family camp.  See our packing list for the recommended amount. Click here to view the packing list.

Is there a place for me to work, check emails, or make a phone call?

Yes, quiet spaces and wifi is available through the camp, some spots are better than others.  We will provide you with that information upon arrival.

Will my family be able to leave the camp grounds throughout the week?

During your stay at family camp you are free to come and go as you please. We ask that you continue to follow the MA state guidelines as it relates to social distancing. More guidance will be available during your week at Family Camp!

Will alcohol be served?

Alcohol will not be served or provided by the camp. Adults over 21 are welcome to responsibly B.Y.O.B.